Two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka is through to her fourth US Open quarter-final, beating Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 6-3 6-4. Former world number one Azarenka, the 20th seed, will face either Romanian second seed Simona Halep or Sabine Lisicki, the 24th seeded German, for a place in the semi-finals.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has chosen not to race again this year after securing all three sprint titles at last month’s world championships in Beijing. It was the fifth time at a major global event that the 29-year-old Jamaican has won all three events and he said: “I am already thinking about next year and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where I will attempt to defend my titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m. “I will enjoy a short break from training now to recharge before resuming background training next month.”
Prince Ali is set to announce as early as Wednesday that he will stand as a candidate in the upcoming FIFA presidential election. Ali won 73 votes against incumbent Sepp Blatter in May’s poll before standing aside in the contest. He will join UEFA president Michel Platini and the former FIFA executive Chung Mong-joon as declaring their interest in leading football’s crisis-hit governing body. The election is due to be held on 26 February next year.
New Olympiakos signing Brown Ideye is relishing a fresh start and a chance to play Champions League football again. The Nigeria international had a disappointing season in England after signing for a then club-record fee of £10 million at West Bromwich Albion. He made 31 appearances in all competitions scoring just seven goals for the Baggies. “I am happy to be here. My immediate goal is to play regularly and work hard for the team,” Ideye told BBC Sport. “It’s a fresh start for me and to join a club with a strong habit of winning titles gives me great joy. “Playing in the Champions League is every player’s dream and after my previous experience with Dynamo Kiev I feel excited to get another chance again.” He expressed his determination to make an impression. “I have received a warm welcome from everyone and that has made me feel at home,” he added. “As a striker my job is to score goals and help the club win as many titles as possible.”